Agenda

This was the agenda for SCWS 2023, 2024 agenda coming soon…

Monday 22 May

18:00 – 19:00

Welcome drinks for SCF Members Only

Champagne suite

Tuesday 23 May

State of the industry keynotes

09:00–09:15

Welcome to SCWS

Mark Reudink, Chair, Small Cell Forum

09:15–09:35

SCF Industry Awards shortlist

Caroline Gabriel, Chair of Judges

09:35–10:05

SCWS keynote panel – Ensuring long-term sustainable wireless infrastructure

Richard Mackenzie, Distinguished Engineer in Wireless Networks at BT, Co-chair RAN Intelligence & Automation (RIA) at Telecom Infra Project

Vijay Sodiwala, Commercial and Business Development Director of Indoor Networks, Wireless Infrastructure Group

Jack Nasielski, Senior Director, Technical Standards, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Moderated by Simon Fletcher, Chief Strategy Officer, Small Cell Forum

Session one: Generating value on the roadmap to 2030

10:05–10:35

Session keynote: The roadmap to 2030

Peter Claydon, President, Picocom 

10:35–10:55

Resetting the connectivity landscape

Anthony Magee, Senior Director Business Development, Adtran 

10:55–11:20

Coffee and morning break

11:20–11:40

From non-standalone 5G to 5G standalone – the evolution of the core network

David O’Byrne, Senior Business Development Manager, Druid

11:40–12:00

The future of the RAN

Dr Doug Pulley, Chief Solutions Architect, Picocom 

12:00–12:20

Role of small network models for sustainability

Ian Newbury, Director of Business Development Mobile, BT Wholesale

12:20–12:50

Panel: Monetising an iterative roadmap to next generation connectivity

Nick Wiggin, Head of Partnerships, Freshwave

Ali Akhtar, Head of Acquisition and Contracts, BT Wholesale

Abel Mayal, SVP Technology and Marketing, Airspan

Moderated by Dean Bubley, Director, Disruptive Analysis

11:00–13.00

Invitation only roundtable: Globalising the JOTS infrastructure sharing model

Roundtable to consider whether there’s an opportunity for non-UK operators and neutral hosts to benefit from the hard work expended by their UK counterparts by using the UK JOTS specifications to develop a universal template that provides baseline specs that can be adapted for individual markets.

Open to all MNOs and neutral hosts but places strictly limited. Please contact serena@smallcellforum.org if you would like to attend.

12:50–13:40

Lunch break and networking

Sponsored by Picocom

Session two: Sharing models for digital transformation of enterprise and cities

13:40–14:10

Session keynote: How neutral host & MNO partnership enables digital transformation  

Tom Bennett, CTO, Freshwave

14:10–14:30

Future-proofing mission-critical connectivity infrastructure

Graham Pollitt, IT Infrastructure Director, Manchester Airport 

14:30–14:50

Maximising socio-economic benefits of large infrastructure projects; operational challenges of smart city infrastructure; evolving business & partnership models for large infra projects

Andrew Conway, Director of Solutions & Innovation, BAI Communications UK and Ireland (soon to be Boldyn Networks) 

14:50–15:10

Small Cell Deployment – What happens when the technology and the real world meet

Chris Stratton, Company Director and Chair of RICS Telecom Expert Working Group

Carlos Pierce, NCA, Co-founder and Chair of the National Connectivity Alliance (NCA)

15:10–15:40

Panel: Requirements for large-scale, future-proof connectivity

Graham Pollitt, IT Infrastructure Director, Manchester Airport

Chris Stratton, Company Director and Chair of RICS Telecom Expert Working Group

Paul Senior, Chairman, Dense Air

Craig Walton, Chief Digital Officer, Tees Valley Combined Authority

Carlos Pierce, NCA, Co-founder and Chair of the National Connectivity Alliance (NCA)

Moderated by Simon Fletcher, Chief Strategy Officer, Small Cell Forum

15:40–16:05

Coffee break and networking

Session three: IT platforms for scalable models for private networks

16:05–16:35

Session keynote: 5G Private Networks – moving to deployments at scale

George Tsirtsis, Senior Director, Technology, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

16:35–16:55

Private network evolution

Graham Payne, Executive Chairman, Freshwave

16:55–17:15

Building Private Networks That Work: Lessons Learned and Tips for Success

Abel Mayal, SVP Technology and Marketing, Airspan

19:00–22:00

SCF Industry Awards and Gala Dinner

Wednesday 24 May

Session four: Architectures, splits and options

09:00–09:20

Into Mainstream – Making Small Cell Deployments Take Off

Neil Winrow, VP Sales & Business Development, EdgeQ Inc

09:20–09:40

Getting real about vRAN

Ganesh Shenbagaraman, Head of Standards, Regulatory Affairs and Ecosystems, Radisys

09:40–10:00

Optimised O-RAN Fronthaul: Why Split 6 is always the answer

Paul Senior, Chairman, Dense Air

10:00–10:20

Taking mmWave to the next phase

Philippe Poggianti, Vice President, Business Development, Qualcomm France S.A.R.L.

10:20–10:50

Panel: A use case driven roadmap for Open RAN

Vicky Messer, VP of Product Management, Picocom

Andrei Radulescu Andrei Radulescu Senior Staff, Engineer, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Prof Robert Maunder, Founder and CTO, AccelerComm

Ganesh Shenbagaraman, Head of Standards, Regulatory Affairs and Ecosystems, Radisys

Martin Whitcroft, Senior Director, Small Cells, Mavenir

Vikas Dixit, Assistant Vice President, Jio

Moderated by Prabhakar Chitrapu, Vice Chair, Small Cell Forum

10:50–11:20

Coffee and morning break

Sponsored by CommScope

Session five: The role of hybrid solutions for delivering a sustainable model

11:20–11:50

Session keynote:  Public, private and hybrid networks – poor relation or the way ahead for scalable, sustainable and flexible service delivery?

Bart Giordano, SVP and President, CommScope

11:50–12:10

Hybrid models for enterprise

Patrick Bradd, CEO, Ontix

12:10–12:30

Private networks in the real world

David O’Byrne, Senior Business Development Manager, Druid

12:30–13:00

Panel: Private and hybrid solutions ­– drivers and differentiators

Bart Giordano, SVP and President, Networking, intelligent cellular and security, CommScope

David O’Byrne, Senior Business Development Manager, Druid

Andy McKinnon, Chief Commercial Officer, Ontix

Neil Winrow, VP Sales & Business Development, EdgeQ Inc

Moderated by Julie Bradford, Head of Techno-Economic Analysis at Real Wireless

13:00–14:00

Lunch break and networking

Session six: Real world priorities for digital

14:00–14:20

Connectivity and economic empowerment

Dr. Marika Iivari Visiting Professor, Centre for Digital Transformation, Imperial College Business School Adjunct Professor in Business Analytics and Digital Business, Oulu Business School

14:20–14:40

Evolving enterprise demand

Jenny Obee, Digital Technology Officer, Argent Property Development Services

14:40–15:00

Evolving digital ambitions of governments and policy makers

Rui Inacio, Chief Technology Officer, Vilicom, a BAI Communications UK and Ireland company (soon to be Boldyn Networks)

15:00–15:30

Coffee break and networking

15:30–15:50

Outdoor Small Cells: Creating Connections that Matter in our Towns and Cities

Mike Harrison, Cellnex, Head of Products, Solutions and Marketing, UK

15:50–16:10

Panel: Critical Enterprise Requirements

Stephen Patrick, Director, Cable Free

George Aguilera, Systems Architecture, Crown Castle

Jenny Obee, Digital Technology Officer, Argent Property Development Services

Moderated by Caroline Gabriel, Research Director, Networks, Analysys Mason and SCF Content Director

16:10–16:30

SCF Market Status Review: Service provider survey results and analysis 

Caroline Gabriel, Research Director, Networks, Analysys Mason and SCF Content Director

16:30–17:00

Panel: Aligning national digital infrastructure policy with industry business models

Nick Johnson, Director, UKTIN

Mark Reudink, 5G Americas

Mikael Lundman, CEO, Proptivity

Abdulrahman Al Moaiqel, Chief Commercial Officer, TAWAL

Moderated by Simon Fletcher, Chief Strategy Officer, Small Cell Forum